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Instagram killing “photo maps” feature

While Instagram started as a location-based check-in app, like Foursquare. Instagram according to Mashable will be killing the Photo Map feature soon,…

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While Instagram started as a location-based check-in app, like Foursquare. Instagram according to Mashable will be killing the Photo Map feature soon, Instagram begun disabling the feature for some users last week. It said in a statement, “Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities.”

While you can still tag images with a location, they won’t be fed onto the map anymore. You can also finally tag images with locations other than where you are posting from, on iOS anyway.

In case you haven’t used this feature, let us jog your memory. In the past, you used to be able to click on a little location icon on a friend’s profile to pull up a map with all of their geotagged photos nearly “stacked” on top of the different locations on Earth where they were taken. Zoom in, and you would get a more and more granular view.

Instagram photo maps feature
Instagram photo maps feature

A spokesperson for Instagram said: “On Monday we made a change to make it easier for people to add location to their photos. As part of this, we removed the option to “add to Photomap” from the flow”.

Instagram photo maps, which displayed the pictures you had taken according to where you had taken them, are going away. Your Instagram photo map lets you showcase where you’ve taken your photos or explore where others have taken photos on a map.

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How To Become Instagram Famous In 5 Easy Steps: Brand or Influencer?

Instagram keeps on growing! The photo sharing app continues to rise in popularity, beating out competitors such as SnapChat. Instagram…

Instagram keeps on growing! The photo sharing app continues to rise in popularity, beating out competitors such as SnapChat. Instagram is definitely not an app that can be universally used, unlike Facebook, but it is definitely something to keep on your radar.

 

But, what does it take to become a part of this gigantic community of content creators? To be a well-loved brand or even a highly followed Instagram?

 

 

1) Filling out the Info Bio

A mistake many people do is not to fully utilize your Instagram Bio.

Make it as clear as possible, simple and quick to read. Use your phone’s Note app to format the bio, giving it a cleaner and more structured look.

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Your bio is your calling card. Treat it well and, together with your photos, it will help you attract more followers.

 

2) Instagram Famous: What excites you?

Scrolling through Instagram leaves a lot of envy in its wake, and many think “Hey! Let’s do this, I want to be Insta-famous!”

These are the people that create accounts that end up dying quickly. Why?

It is important to actually have a connection with the content you will be creating, especially for personal accounts. It’s simply not effective to post about something you are not excited about or love.

To know more about your personal brand, look here ➤ 5 keys to start your personal branding journey

Find what excites you. Look at your personal brand or actual brand, what excites you/your customers and what matches with your values.

 

3)  Capturing your branded visuals

Having a specific look to your Instagram feed can be a difficult thing to accomplish, but followers simply float towards and love visually cohesive feeds.

Although it may take some time to figure out the look you’d like to go for, it is definitely something to keep an eye on. Your look is your branded visuals and you should be known for something.

 

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Planning your look will help you keep you consistent throughout your feed. Start with looking back on your brand, what is the tone that would fit? Then go from there.

You can plan your look by either choosing or combining an overall look, a specific angle, subject, or edit.

 

4.   Planning things out

Always keep an eye out for Insta-worthy shots throughout your day, that’s the mantra of many Insta-wannabes, but you want to become a star.

While taking actual spontaneous photos is authentic and people love authentic accounts, like with everything, sometimes you need a plan. Genius photos come from planning ahead, unless you’re really lucky.

Arranging photo shoots and sessions before hand, and taking batch photos, will ease the pressure of creating amazing daily images.

By shooting, editing and scheduling batch photos, not only have you saved time and ensured the photos are on brand, now you have enough time to focus on engagement with followers.

 

5.   Engage!

Just as the late Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say, Engage!

Don’t work hard on your photos, schedule and post, and then sit back and relax. Learn to engage with your growing community. Commenting back on likes or comments on your photos, or searching out relevant photos for your brand to comment on, with increase the chances of people seeing your page and following it.

Liking is a fine and lovely thing to do, but comment will always get you more screen time for your brand. Plus, Instagramers that engage with their followers on their photos note that followers are more likely to come back and engage after even a small thank you.

 

What’s your favorite local Instagram account? Let us know in the comments below

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Now you can upload photos from Instagram mobile website

Users around the world rejoice as Instagram’s mobile website launches a lightweight easy-to-use version for users in developing countries. Instagram’s…

Users around the world rejoice as Instagram’s mobile website launches a lightweight easy-to-use version for users in developing countries. Instagram’s website has been classically known as the place to only scroll through photos, never being able to upload photos or use a majority of the popular photo sharing application’s service.

Users could not upload photos, add filters, share stories or even send direct messages through the website on both desktop and mobile versions.

To improve the situation, Instagram started rolling out the ability to post photos on their mobile website to try and please its mobile users.

And to further improve the situation for users with slower internet speeds and/or with older phones, Instagram has been testing out various features on their mobile website. At the moment, the photo sharing giant’s mobile website is now currently similar to its original app, although it still prompts users to open the application.

Instagram Global Reach

The fleshing out of the mobile website is due to Instagram’s wish to make the application more accessible to global users. For example, Egypt has been noted to pay more money for slower internet speeds than other countries, and the new update may save many of the Egyptian population money in the long run.

The social media giant’s, Facebook (owner of Instagram), CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has been on a mission to ensure global connectiveness and to provide all his applications easy accessibility for all of the world’s public. Instagram’s newest update comes in line with that mission, and provides easier access for users in developing countries.

Many users across the world have slower internet connections, it is a common joke and happening in developing countries who have not reached internet superiority like the European countries and the USA.

Users may not have enough space on their phones to download the application without sacrificing other more important apps, and the price of mobile data internet may deter them from using a high data usage app like Instagram.

Reaching the international community ahead of competitors

Currently, Instagram is ahead of the curve when it comes to its competitors, mainly Snapchat, in reaching the global community and understanding their needs.

Last month, Snapchat received a blow to its PR machine as Snapchat CEO and founder Evan Spiegel was flamed by a former employee, who stated the CEO proclaimed “This app is only for rich people…” and “I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”

Instagram and Facebook have been using this advantage, further expanding into global developing communities as fast as possible. Facebook’s Lite version of the application has already reached over 200 million users in less than two years, and has become very popular in countries like India.

This isn’t Instagram’s first time introducing product updates to improve the “insta life” of many of its users who cannot afford expensive mobile data plans or have weak connectivity in their areas.

It has already released an offline mode on Android, and the company has announced that it is still currently working on improving the mobile web experience for users and keep the application’s file size to a minimum.

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Instagram now lets you share up to 10 photos and videos in one post

Instagram today announced that users will now be able to share multiple photos and videos within one post thanks to…

Instagram today announced that users will now be able to share multiple photos and videos within one post thanks to a carousel-like feature that allows up to ten pictures and videos to be uploaded simultaneously.

After the series is shared, followers will be able to swipe through in the order they were uploaded, creating a natural series of moments that can cover a friend’s birthday party or even a full how-to series on food recipes, according to Instagram.

“With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember,” Instagram wrote in a blog post announcing the news.

To upload multiple pieces of content at once, users will see a new icon in the photo upload area, and from there they can tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter at once to everything or go one by one to customize each picture or video.

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Instagram Finally Rolling Out Ephemeral Live Video Worldwide!

The battle of social media platforms is getting fiercer still. Facebook and Instagram are not laying down anytime soon. The…

The battle of social media platforms is getting fiercer still. Facebook and Instagram are not laying down anytime soon. The rising popularity and fame of Snapchat, with total number of daily active users at 100M and 1M created snaps of videos and photos everyday.

On the other hand, Instagram is still going strong, gaining only in the past seven months 100M user to grow the total number of users more than 600M Instagrammers with Instagram stories hitting 150M user daily.

Instagram and Facebook copying innovation is not harming one another as they are one entity at the end of the day, their experimenting with more appealing features is to eventually win the battle against Snapchat’s quick growth and attractive, smart features.

Instagram Global Live Video Feature:

Instagram introduced lives videos back in November to U.S users and promised that it will be available worldwide in the coming few weeks.

It is finally here! Instagram announced finally that Live video on the stories section will be rolling out to Instagrammers globally throughout the next week to 10.0 version and above.

Instagram is innovating their application to ensure their users safety and convenience of sharing new sides of their lives with their friends, this is why the live videos is ephemeral like the stories.

All you have got to do to go live is to swipe right from feed and click “Start Live Video” from camera and once the broadcast is done, your live video will disappear. Furthermore, users can find top live videos on the “Explore” tab.

It can’t get any more instantaneous than Instagram’s “right-now” live video sharing.

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